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the stars gale, Joseph thinks, Joseph the righteous man. Perhaps there
never were so many stars and it never was so windy and he has never felt so
cold in his heart now the folk have gone and the Virgin fell asleep and the
baby smiles at the ox which is breathing gently on the tip of his nose.
Yes, the honest Joseph began feeling doubtful.
He does not distrust Mary, he has never mistrusted her since the Dream
that had made his hazel stick blossom again. Of course he grumbles about the
tradition requiring that after the wedding celebration the young bride lives
one year more with her parents, very likely to give the bridegroom enough time
to get ready for her arrival... one year ! So many things might happen ... but
when you are a righteous person how not to observe tradition ?
had happened in one year !
And then, the
"Dream" occured, the "Dream" which had nothing of an
hallucination, being absolutly sure that he married what had became by the
breath of the Paraclete, a pregnant Virgin. All that was unquestionnably for
Joseph but when he looks at the baby, he thinks that this will perhaps make
one "Saint Innocent" more. At the best he will have to lie low all
What will he be able to do against those people who, in his name will kill one
another, persecute, burn !
Suddenly Joseph the righteous man, Joseph the virtuous
one, Joseph the nobleman, begins shivering and, for a little, he, who has
never given way in spite of mocking smiles as he goes by, he would turn away.
But Joseph has the sense of duty, once more he grasp at
his shepherd’s crook and he looks at the sky through the opening of the
humble all enlightened abode. All at once, he comes to himself, he
musters up his strengh because a crackling can be heard though the wind was
Now Joseph is all eyes and he holds his
old shabbily dressed stooping woman, who is but the wreck of her former self,
walks up, staggering, so that Joseph, the open-hearted man, offers her a help
with his shepherd’s crook. She accepts his help, smiles on the Virgin,
smiles at the child, smiles at Joseph. The Virgin
wakes up to smile at the old woman and to tell her mildly: "Teresa,
my child, why this Dream?"Then, she goes to sleep again because the
dream is not meant for her.
Joseph does not understand why did Mary called
this old woman, who could be her grand-mother, "my child"?
But Joseph confidently, following the example given by Mary repeated the same
words: "Teresa, my child, why this dream?". Very well, the
Mother of the Poor answered, pointing at the modest craddle: I am somewhat of
a child of this child, I came to say this to you that you may no longer doubt.
de même" -Teresa-
are senseless, illogical and self-centered,
- and yet, love them !
If you do good, people will credit you with selfish or calculating
- and yet do it !
If you are successful in everything you’ll gain untrue friends and
- and yet go on making good !
Honesty and sincerity will make you vulnerable,
- and yet be honest and loyal !"
And the tiny old woman
straightened up before the eyes of a bewildered Joseph who hears :
"I belong to the posterity of your child."
head is ready to burst!
But the child welcomes Mother Teresa with a smile
and the old poor woman returns to Joseph a crook which makes his eyes
sparkling with hope. From now on, children eyes will be glittering on
M-T Lamaty. - > En français Le
Noël de Joseph
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